Garbarino Summer Food Drive Collects Astounding 1,140 Pounds Of Food
Assemblyman Andrew Garbarino (R,C,I,Ref-Sayville) is pleased to announce his recent Summer Food Drive to End Hunger as a huge success. Donations made by the public resulted in an astounding 1,140 pounds of food collected for those in need. Long Island Cares – The Harry Chapin Food Bank, which these donations will benefit, says this is an unprecedented amount collected during a food drive.
“I am so thankful and thrilled at how much the people in my district came together to support this food drive for hungry families supported by Long Island Cares,” said Garbarino. “Summer is particularly difficult for families with children when they are out of school for the summer break. Thank you to everyone who donated. Your selflessness ensures children on Long Island will not go hungry this summer.”
“We are very grateful to Assemblyman Garbarino for his participation and recognizing the truth of hunger on Long Island, and for his decision to stand and act on behalf of those in need,” said William Gonyou, Community Events and Food Drive Manager of Long Island Cares.
Summer can be a difficult time for families who may be facing food insecurity. During the school year, children who qualify are able to receive free or reduced breakfasts and lunches, but this becomes difficult when summer break starts. The role of food banks are crucial during periods like this and play an important role in supplementing the food of these children and families in need.
According to a Hunger in America Report in 2010, of the Long Island families being served by emergency food services like the food bank, roughly 75 percent of them are food insecure. Food insecurity involves individuals and families having limited and indeterminate access to nutritionally adequate foods. At times, tough choices are made where these families and individuals have to cut back on meals and food portions because they are uncertain of when or where their next meal may come. Statistics also show that hunger disproportionately impacts households of single mothers and children.
For more information about Long Island Cares, Garbarino encourages the public to visit their website or to call 631-582-FOOD (3663).